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April 24, 2017

DC Wedding Planner | Congrats You’re Married! Now What?

DC Wedding Planner | Post-Wedding Etiquette | Simply Breathe Events | Wedding Advice

Photo Cred: Birds of a Feather Photographer

You’ve planned the wedding of your dreams, married the love of your life, and you’ve celebrated your wedding in style. Now that all of the planning, preparation, and celebration is over, the question that must be burning a whole in your brain is “Now What?” What are the things you’re supposed to be doing once you’re officially married? Well no need to fret because we’ve got you covered with the top the things you’ll need to add to your post-wedding to do list.

Send Out Thank You Notes

DC Wedding Planner | Post-Wedding Etiquette | Simply Breathe Events | Wedding Advice

Photo Cred: Birds of a Feather Photography

This is particularly important for those friends and family members that traveled near and far to be apart of your wedding – along with the sweet gift they purchased for you of course! These are always best to get out within the month of your wedding if possible. Make this step that much easier for your to accomplish by incorporating the order into your stationery package. That way when you return home from your honeymoon they’ll already be waiting for you. By this time you should’ve also received your wedding photos, so adding in a last minute keepsake for the receiver as well adds a nice touch.

Are You Going to Legally Change Your Name?

Notice how I have this listed at POST-wedding etiquette tip and not something to accomplish before your wedding. Changing your last name before your wedding if you decide to do so, is a big no no. Chances are you’ll be taking a honeymoon in the near future and the odds of your passport and drivers license all matching with the name last name are slim to none. You don’t want to be denied access on a plane or held in customs because things just don’t match. Don’t worry, you’ll have plenty of time to take care of this once you return. PRO TIP: Be sure to order extra copies of your Marriage License (we always suggest 10) for when you do get around to making this change. Every company is going to want a copy, believe us!

Have Your Wedding Dress Cleaned or Preserved

DC Wedding Planner | Post-Wedding Etiquette | Simply Breathe Events | Wedding Advice

Photo Cred: Candice Adelle Photography

If you’re planning on keeping your wedding dress, you should have your dress professionally cleaned as soon as possible. Even if you don’t think your future daughters will wear your dress some day, it’s a good idea to get it cleaned soon rather than later to deal with any stains and smells. When you pull it out of your closet in the future, you want to remember how pretty you felt in it, not those 5-year-old champagne and sweat stains.

Return Any Items You Didn’t Use, Donate the Ones You Did

Congrats You’re Married! Now What?

Forgot to use the frames you purchased for old family wedding photos? Spend the time after your honeymoon returning any of the items you purchased for the wedding and either ultimately decided not to use or even forgot to. Then for the items you did use, and have no use for after your wedding, consider listing them on Ebay or gifting to an engaged friend to use in their wedding. Reduce, reuse, recycle people!

Review Your Vendors!

This is a big one, and also very much appreciated! Think about how you went about selecting your wedding team. Nine times out of ten, whether good or bad, you used the reviews on their website to help make your final decision on whether or not you wanted to hire them or not. Post-wedding reviews are so important for our future clients to showcase the awesomeness we delivered on your wedding day. Did you sadly have a bad experience with your wedding vendor? Consider emailing them personally to reveal your disappointment on their performance rather than submitting a review to their website. Sometimes all it takes is a conversation to work out any differences you may have had and to burn any bridges

Looking for more wedding advice? Be sure to check out more tips we have for your big day!

Tiffany Rivera is a DC Wedding Planner & DC Event Planner serving DC, Maryland, Virginia and beyond!

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